Lightning Sparked Forest Hills Station Blaze; Train Troubles Continue

A lightning strike likely caused Saturday's fire in an electrical vault along the Commuter Rail tracks at Forest Hills. The fire, visible for miles in each direction, sent acrid smoke into the neighborhood. As of Monday morning, Amtrak crews were still repairing damage to the signals, according to Mac Daniel, media relations manager for Keolis, the company that operates the commuter rail. Residents are reporting more train horns blowing than usual. Firefighters responded to the blaze at 6:44 a.m. Saturday.

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Fire at Forest Hills Station, Saturday, April 4, 2015.

Fire Breaks Out at Forest Hills Commuter Rail

UPDATE, Monday 9:36 a.m. — Lightning looks to have caused the blaze. ~~~~~

The Boston Fire Department is fighting an early-morning blaze in an electrical vault by the commuter rail tracks at Forest Hills Station. Smoke from the fire could be seen from a distance. Fire at #foresthills @02130News @universalhub pic.twitter.com/m4eU6WWiXL

— Julie R (@TheJubins) April 4, 2015

Firefighters responded to the blaze at 6:44 a.m. Saturday. Just after 8 a.m. a Fire Department spokesman Tweeted it had gone to two alarms.

Transportation officials Tweeted, also shortly after 8 a.m., that Orange Line trains were again moving, but there were delays along the commuter rail.

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